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Champion: Xerath, the Magus Ascendant

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Champion Sneak Peek:

Link: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/champion-sneak-peek-%E2%80%93-xerath-magus-ascendant

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Mechanics Preview:

Link: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/xerath-mechanics-preview

Xerath, the Magus Ascendant, is our newest mage-type character in League of Legends. His playstyle offers a new way to perform the mage-carry role; long range barrages and sieging.

The cornerstone of this is in his ability Locus of Power. This makes Xerath immobile, but gives his spells massively increased range and defense penetration. This really allows him to set up and barrage an area before becoming mobile again to perform a more standard mage role.

Using this range gameplay, Xerath has wide-area spells he can use to really saturate an area with major damage. Arcanopulse, his bread-and-butter ability, shoots a short-delay beam at the area, zapping anyone hit for significant damage. Arcane Barrage, his ultimate, allows him to launch up to three massive explosions at a long range, both doing area denial and good team damage. To protect himself, Mage Chains is a reliable single-target spell that will allow Xerath to stun an enemy if he hits him with a subsequent spell.

Xerath is something we liken to a Howitzer or artillery piece. He should really appeal to people who enjoy very long ranges and like aiming skillshots and leading targets. We’re excited to offer a new mage paradigm to League of Legends, and will be continuing to add new ways to play existing roles into the game.

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Champion Approaches:

Link: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/new-champion-approaches-xerath-magus-ascendant

Skillset:

Ascended Form (Passive): Xerath feeds on arcane power, making him increasingly resilient to physical harm. He converts a percentage of his Ability Power into Armor.

Arcanopulse: Fires a long-range beam of energy, dealing magic damage to all targets hit.

Locus of Power: Xerath anchors himself to source of magical power, increasing the range of all spells and granting him bonus % Magic Penetration. Although he is immobilized while Locus of Power is active, his movement speed increases upon disabling the ability.

Mage Chains: Deals magic damage to an enemy and marks them with Unstable Magic. The next spell Xerath strikes this enemy with stuns them.

Arcane Barrage: Calls down a blast of arcane energy, dealing magic damage to all enemies in an area. May be cast up to three times before going on cooldown.

League Judgment:

Link: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/league-judgement-xerath-magus-ascendant

Champion Spotlight:

Edited by MadCast: Eternia

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Just played my first game with him. Laned bottom. Early game I struggled with mana and cooldowns.

But mid and late game I would come to a fight right as it started sat a bush over and spammed all my moves. They either took the damage or had to find me while the tank ad hit them. Not many kills but I got the most assists on my team. Have to look into him more.

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